Great Adventure Books for Kids of Every Age

It doesn't take long for parents to realize that most children's books struggle to inspire young minds. Fortunately, there are some time-tested books that will capture your child's interest, page after page. From tots to teens and all the ages in between, these classic adventure books for kids will ignite a sense of excitement and wonder in your children.

Newborn to Age 2

The Runaway Bunny: A temperamental young rabbit decides to run away from home through a series of escalating schemes, while repeatedly underestimating the devotion of his mom, who tracks him down atop a mountain, on the ocean, in a trout stream and even at a circus.

Ages 3 to 5

Kamik’s First Sled: With much difficulty, young Jake attempts to train his playful puppy to pull a sled over the cold tundra. Inspired by some wise advice from his grandma, the boy and his dog are soon soaring across the snow on a rugged sealskin sled. But, when an unexpected blizzard moves in, the boy and dog will have to work together to find their way home.

Ages 6 to 8

Stickeen, retold by Donnell Rubay: Originally written by John Muir in 1909, Stickeen is a classic true story, retold here by author Donnell Rubay in a kid-friendly, abridged version with dramatic illustrations. Set atop cold Alaskan glaciers, the story tells what adventures can unfold when you break camp one chilly morning with nothing but an ice ax, a notebook, a hunk of bread and one heroic little dog.

Ages 9 to 11

Tintin in Tibet: One of the very best books in the famous Tintin series, this graphic novel follows eager young journalist, Tintin and his dog, Snowy, along with their irritable companion, Captain Haddock. The three make a long trek up the rugged Himalayas to search for a friend who may still be alive after a plane crash.

Island of the Blue Dolphins: Written in 1960, this intriguing narrative is inspired by the true story of a young Native American girl, who spent nearly two decades alone on the San Nicolas island, off the coast of California. Departing only slightly from actual events, O'Dell skillfully tells Karana's tale of solitary survival, creating an enduring classic of young adult adventure.

Ages 12 to 14

Going Solo: In this autobiography, noted author Roald Dahl details his true-life adventures, starting in early adulthood, when he sails to Tanzania to work for the Royal Dutch Shell multinational oil and gas company. When World War II breaks out, Dahl decides to join the Royal Air Force and nearly dies in a violent crash in the vast Libyan desert.

Hatchet: One of the most celebrated young adult adventure books of all time, this story follows a 13-year-old boy struggling to to survive in the unforgiving Canadian wilderness with nothing but a hatchet and his wits.

Ages 15 to 17

The Call of the Wild: In a novel that practically sparked the young adult adventure genre in America, London tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush, through the eyes of a brave sled dog named Buck. After finding a kind and gentle master named Jack Thornton, hardships follow, and the dog discovers that both man and nature have kind and cruel sides.

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